Combing the Net – 6/5/2012

To Cheat or Not to Cheat — This is a great article from Sports Illustrated that looks back at four minor league pitchers from the 90’s. Three never made the big leagues, but stayed clean. The fourth developed a 96-mph heater (thanks to steroid use) and got the call up, but has had to live with regrets ever since.

What if the “Culture War” Never Happened? — Have we all uncritically accepted the idea of a politically polarizing “culture war” that never existed?

The problem is, it’s a terribly impoverished term. In what sense is the life or death of an unborn child a matter of “cultural” preference? It’s a fundamentally moral and theological question. Pro-lifers are not fighting to protect their culture; they’re fighting to protect innocent human persons whose lives are being stolen from them before they were allowed to blossom. The nature and purpose of marriage, too, is profoundly moral and theological. Every culture known to human history has honored marriage precisely because marriage is not a merely cultural matter. You can say that the “culture war” has been a struggle over the direction of our culture, and that’s true as far as it goes, but it’s much deeper than that. This is why I’m tempted to say that there is no such thing as a culture war in the first place. There never was. There was and continues to be a struggle over the attempt to replace traditional Christian moral and theological beliefs on life and family and sexuality, and the attempt to defend those things.

Response to “A Statement of Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” — There is (and has been for a while) a debate going on within the Southern Baptist Convention about soteriology. We all agree that God saves, but how does he do it? A document was created recently that argues that “the vast majority of Southern Baptists” reject the “doctrines of grace”, and proposes that the SBC coalesce around 10 affirmations and denials. The page I’ve linked to is part of an ongoing series of responses by Tom Ascol that will continue over the next week or two. I suggest you start at the beginning, but have linked to the most recent article because it contains links to all the others. Stay tuned: this is an important debate!

What Does Scripture Teach Us About the Future Role of Israel? — I appreciate this short clarification by R.C. Sproul as it is proof that one does not have to subscribe to a dispensational eschatology to affirm the Bible’s teaching about the future salvation of ethnic Jews. (For more on this topic, click here.)

Unload groceries like a man:

I don’t know what a Yorkie bar is, but I want one!

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